Newberry Observer- RSS OPINION Feed Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:25:25 EST 1800 Gulf War syndrome update: Presumptive Conditions Rejected The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected a request from members of Congress and veterans advocates to make brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines for Gulf War veterans. Officials said they cannot prove the high rate of these illnesses among... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST What you need to know about skin cancer Lois Eubanks, executive director of the S.C. Cancer Alliance, will address an overview of skin cancer. July was Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and July is UV (ultraviolet ray) Safety Month. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Apollo 11 an achievement worth remembering July 21 marked the anniversary of one of America's great triumphs. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Newberry is making big strides We're fortunate in Newberry to have a vibrant small business community with a good mix of long-time and new entrepreneurs. Recent months have seen a great deal of small business activity. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Monthly recap from your Chamber Here at your Chamber, we routinely ask ourselves and others what additional programs or events we can do to promote a positive business environment and to enhance the quality of life in Newberry County. How can we better foster economic growth while... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Whitmire veterans celebration a success Hello everyone, local news on the way after we do our birthday wishes texted in from Gottrocks the birthday fairy.Birthdays, Anniversaries Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST VA claims backlog update: Frequently overlooked claims The long-standing slog within the Veterans Affairs Department to cut down its mountain of disability claims has been well documented. Or has it? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Excessive compensation can ruin a CEO’s judgment Narcissists don't happen to be particularly nice people. They preen. They grab. And they never ever really feel our pain. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Can’t ‘Writer’s Block’ be a good thing? When you think of writer's block, what is it exactly that first comes to mind? Personally, thinking back on the phrase takes me to middle school, which may be when I first heard or used the phrase. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Words of Encouragement Have we ever thought how influential the words we speak are? Do we know what kind of impact our speech can have on a person who desperately needs to hear an encouraging word? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST VA ID card, benefit, claim processing updates You should receive your VHIC within seven to 10 days after you request a VHIC card. Although VA strives to do all they can to ensure they enroll veterans in a timely manner, sometimes they are unable to either verify your military service or need... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Thanks and well wishes from one reporter to another I've never been one for change. Yes, I know it's a part of life, but that's just something that I always have a hard time dealing with and accepting, which is why February of this year sort of “rocked my world,” so to... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Why are campus administrators making so much money? Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators — unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless and benefitless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt)... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST How do non-smokers smoke a half-pack a day? Which would you choose: a) keeping a job that exposes you to a known cancer-causing agent or b) possibly being unemployed?Many members of our local food service and hospitality industries face that very choice. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST VA ID card update: action needed to obtain new VHIC The new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides increased security for your personal information - no personally identifiable information is contained on the magnetic stripe or barcode. It is also a salute to your military... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rep. Walt Mcleod reviews 2014 Legislative session The Honorable Walton McLeod, S.C. Representative, House District 40, is guest this week. He will present his annual report of issues and accomplishments of the legislative bills enacted during the 2014 Session. It is a privilege to present this... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Helpless and hopeless: Text messages in Gaza-Sderot When I woke up yesterday at 5 a.m. to the sounds of war planes overhead, I saw that I had a text message from my friend Maha in Gaza. Since this war began, almost every morning, I see that she has sent me a message. From day to day, the messages have... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Time for one final chat from the newsroom of The Observer By the time you are reading this column, some of you may have already met our newest reporter, Andrew Wigger. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Imagine … the finished product! The activity around Community Hall has certainly created discussions regarding local residents' feelings about just what is historic and how each of us view the center of our beloved city of Newberry. The year of 2014 is proving to be the... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Vet toxic exposure legislation update On June 9, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA-17) introduced H.R. 4816, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014, which is a companion bill to S.1602, introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST